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Item 76532

Introduction of Portlanders seeking work in Louisiana, 1864

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: 1864

Location: Portland; New Orleans

Media: Ink on paper

Item 34725

Norlands Library, Livermore, ca. 1890

Contributed by: Maine Historical Society

Date: circa 1890

Location: Livermore

Media: Cyanotype, cotton

Item 60517

Sardine Factory B, Lubec, ca. 1915

Contributed by: Lubec Historical Society

Date: circa 1915

Location: Lubec

Media: Postcard

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John Merrill and son, Edwin, Leeds, 1860

John Y. Merrill: Leeds Farmer, Entrepreneur, & More

John Y. Merrill of Leeds (1823-1898) made terse entries in diaries he kept for 11 years. His few words still provide a glimpse into the life of a mid 18th century farmer, who also made shoes, quarried stone, moved barns, made healing salves -- and was active in civic affairs.


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Reddy Kilowatt lapel pin, ca. 1955

Wired! How Electricity Came to Maine

As early as 1633, entrepreneurs along the Piscataqua River in southern Maine utilized the force of the river to power a sawmill, recognizing the potential of the area's natural power sources, but it was not until the 1890s that technology made widespread electricity a reality -- and even then, consumers had to be urged to use it.


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Preble House, Portland, ca. 1920

Portland Hotels

Since the establishment of the area's first licensed hotel in 1681, Portland has had a dramatic, grand and boisterous hotel tradition. The Portland hotel industry has in many ways reflected the growth and development of the city itself. As Portland grew with greater numbers of people moving through the city or calling it home, the hotel business expanded to fit the increasing demand.

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Ox team, Upper Main Street, Strong, ca. 1910

Strong, a Mussul Unsquit village - Online Items

… thought of as a wood product, but many a young entrepreneur earned spending money by cutting and delivering firewood to customers in the village.

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Captain Samuel Watts' House, Knox Street, Thomaston, Maine 2008

Thomaston: The Town that Went to Sea - Captain Samuel Watts House

Thomaston’s Captain Samuel Watts and business entrepreneur Edward O’Brien both ran successful shipyards.

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Pew payment receipt, Biddeford, 1806, 1807, 1810

Biddeford History & Heritage Project - VI. The deluge of industrial expansion & immigration (1865-1900) - Page 2 of 2

… to work in the huge textile mills, many became entrepreneurs in their own right and opened small businesses up and down Main Street.

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My Paper Industry career and setting up a museum

by Sherry Judd

I worked in and around the Paper Industry all my life. Now I run Maine's Paper and Heritage Museum.


There were years when it was fun to go to work at the paper mill

by Bruce Dyke

My 39 years working for International Paper was a great job for a guy like me.